UC Summer Abroad in Social Sciences

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UC Berkeley

Chile, The Politics of Development

Explore Chilean politics from independence to the present, and witness firsthand the forces that have shaped Chilean politics and challenge its society today.

Peru, The Archaeology of the Incas

Discover the ancient Incan Civilization in its former capital Cusco, Peru through first hand anthropological research and visits to historical Andean sites. and visits to historical Andean sites.

Singapore - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Singapore.

Spain, International Migration

Journey to Barcelona and investigate the effects of migration in Western Europe and the United States before and after September 11, 2001.

Spain, Imagining and Re-Envisioning the Urban Setting

Broaden your architecture experience by stepping into a town where culture, food, ritual, and environment significantly impact urban design.

Switzerland, Business Innovation for Sustainability

Examine the drivers of business innovation, while exploring issues of sustainability, labor, stakeholder responsibility and impact from a business perspective, and assessing those same issues from the NGO and governmental perspective.

Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Balkan Bridges: Contested Histories, Shared Communities

This four week travel/study course focuses on legacies of war, exemplary moments of peaceful coexistence, and historical challenges to peace in the former Yugoslavia over the 20th century. 

Netherlands, Belgium, History, Art, and Identity in Europe

Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries—the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe.

UC Davis

Bhutan, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS) in the peaceful, culturally rich, and biodiverse country of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains, where progress is measured in Gross National Happiness.

Cuba, Revolutionary Cuba

Experience the historic and ever-changing city of Havana and examine Cuba's revolutionary tradition on a multi-city trip across the island.

Ecuador, Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with multiple indigenous groups and see parts of Ecuador that are not available to traditional tourists. 

Guatemala, Ecological and Social Issues at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Through this hands-on class, get behind the scene of Atitlan tourist paradise and explore the Atitlan lake and watershed ecological processes and their connections to social and political realities.

Peru, Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture

Explore the diverse cultural and natural landscapes of the Peruvian highlands. Based in Cuzco, the program includes trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Spain, Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona

Discover the many lessons we can take home from Barcelona on housing development and neighborhood regeneration efforts.

Switzerland, The Politics of Global Inequality

Poverty is a global problem that international organizations seek to ameliorate. Learn why poverty persists and how international organizations intervene to help in poor countries. 

United Kingdom, At the Crossroads of Gender and Communication

Consider how men and women communicate as you engage with culture, art, history, and the city of London.

Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe

Learn why some European cities are way ahead of U.S. cities in sustainable development and design.

UK, Netherlands, Design in Europe

Journey through two European countries famous for their trend setting historical and contemporary art, architecture and design. 


France, Medieval Paris

Weaving lectures, walking tours, and short daily trips into one, this program in Paris presents a two-fold approach to the histories of the kingdom of France in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Greece, Ancient Greece

Explore ancient Greece through a combination of classical archaeological site visits, lectures, and the works of Homer, Plato, Sophocles, and Aristophanes. 

Italy, Exploring Ancient Rome

Explore the city of Rome and learn about its ancient history and monuments.

USA, Guam, #NativeJustice: Social Movements in Guam

From the ecological preservation of jungle and reef habitats to the ongoing quest for indigenous Chamorro self-determination, students will receive training in and everyday exposure to the social movements of Guam, the Mariana Islands, and the wider Asia-Pacific.

Austria, Germany, German Language and Culture Across Europe

Take courses in German art, culture, and history as you move from Vienna to Munich and on to Berlin.

UK, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Domestic and Foreign Politics in Europe

Examine the individual systems of government in Britain, the Netherlands and France and the role played by these countries in world politics.

USA, New York, Global Governance and the United Nations System

Explore the world's most cosmopolitan city and study the architecture of contemporary global governance and its premier international institution--the United Nations.

UC Riverside

Brazil, The Black Diaspora in Brazil

By interacting directly with activists and their organizations in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, students gain insight on (1) social problems affecting Black and impoverished communities, and (2) the process by which emerge the responses generated within such communities to address the problems. 

UC San Diego

Australia, Social Cognition and Drugs

Learn about and experience the ground breaking work of Australian neurobiologists as you visit scientific laboratories and explore museums throughout Sydney.

Greece, Drugs, Behavior, and the History of Neuroscience

Explore psychopharmacology and neuroscience from antiquity to modern times and investigate the origins of modern pharmacology and medicine in ancient Greece. 

Germany, Modernism and Design: The Bauhaus Experience

This Global Seminar focuses on the history, contradictions, and legacy of the Bauhaus School and its underlying philosophy as a lens into the larger International Style in architecture and planning across the world.

Mexico, Revolution and Resistance

In the classroom (in a beautiful colonial neighborhood in the southern part of the city) you will learn all about modern Mexican history, from the Mexican Revolution’s calls for economic and social justice to the dilemmas of post-revolutionary nation-building and the nation’s contemporary social and political challenges.

South Africa, Change in Modern South Africa

This program offers an ideal environment for students to combine a deep acquaintance with South African history with a well-structured sojourn into the cultural life of a sophisticated African city.

United Kingdom, Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism

Often referred to as “the Athens of the North” because of its rich intellectual tradition in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom.

UC Santa Cruz

Italy, Food Study Field Study in Perugia

The Food Study Field Study in Perugia, Italy, will bring food and methods together by offering students two courses – Anthropology of Food and Workshop in Ethnography.

Germany, Czech Republic, Memory and Urban Space

Explore politics and urban space in Berlin and Prague.